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PLIB and WCLIB, two of North America’s oldest lumber grading agencies, merge operations

Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau (PLIB) and West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau (WCLIB) have merged operations into a single entity. The surviving organization, PLIB, will retain all of the trademarks and services formally offered by WCLIB, including the structural glued laminated timber certification services of the American Institute of Timber Construction (AITC) a role WCLIB had… Read more »

Remembering PLIB Supervisor Donald E. Roberts, 1941 – 2018

Donald (Don) E. Roberts, inspector and District Supervisor with PLIB, passed away unexpectedly at his home on July 2, 2018 at the age of 76.  Don was originally hired by the Bureau in 1979 as an inspector in the Coos Bay, OR district where he worked at the Weyerhaeuser, North Bend mill. Prior to his… Read more »

PLIB Welcomes Five New Member Mills to Start 2018

Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau members were excited to start 2018 off by welcoming five new mills to its membership roster. All five mills are located in the interior region of British Columbia. The five new members include Woodco Industries Ltd. in Salmon Arm and four divisions of Tolko Industries (Kelowna, Lakeview, Soda Creek and Quesnel). … Read more »

New 2017 Edition of Export R List Published

Hot off the press: PLIB’s new 2017 edition of the Export R List Grading & Dressing Rules. The Export R List Grading & Dressing Rules, first published in 1929 as the ‘N’ List, stands as one of the oldest and most widely used references for exported softwood lumber originating and manufactured in the Pacific Northwest… Read more »

2017 OSU Lumber Drying Workshop

Oregon State University will be holding it’s Lumber Drying Workshop this year on October 16-18, 2017 in Corvallis, OR.  Please follow the link below for more information on the workshop as well as registration information.

Tree branches + limbs = jet fuel

Tree branches and limbs were used to make an alternative fuel blend that powered an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Washington D.C.  The jet fuel was the culmination of research efforts conducted at Washington State University’s Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA). More information can be found at

See the Tallest Wood Building (18 Stories) Rise in 2 Minutes

  The Brock Commons residence hall at the University of British Columbia has become the latest world’s tallest wood-framed building.  The 18-story, $39 million tower is a hybrid mass timber structure designed by Acton Ostry Architects.  More than 400 students will move in when the tower is completed in September 2017.     Wood construction started… Read more »

PLIB Members Elect New Directors for 2016 – 2017

Members of the Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau met on June 28th in Whistler, BC and elected its Board of Directors for the June 2016 – June 2017 year.  Following the Member meeting, the new Board elected its officers for the ensuing year. PLIB 2016-2017 Board of Directors Dale Bartsch, Hy Mark Wood Manufacturing, Spangle, WA… Read more »

PLIB 2016 Annual Meeting Recap

Members of the Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau met at the Weston Resort & Spa in beautiful Whistler, BC on June 27th and 28th for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Members.  It was the 110th annual meeting since the Bureau’s incorporation in 1906 (PLIB was founded in 1903) and a memorable one at that.   At the… Read more »